Malaysia to consider review of Tuas Second Link toll: PM Najib

Pablo Tucker
January 17, 2018

In a joint statement on the 8th Singapore-Malaysia Leaders' Retreat on Tuesday, both leaders welcomed Malaysia's removal of the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) toll effective from Jan 1, and Singapore's matching of the toll reduction with effect from Feb 1.

He added that Malaysia will "take back the proposal", communicate with Singapore and is hopeful that the two parties will be able to come to a decision "as soon as possible".

The RTS link will have the capacity to carry up to 10,000 passengers per hour per direction.

LTA says the RTS Link will adopt standards for rolling stock, signalling communications and integrated control from Singapore's Thomson East Coast Line (TEL), which will interchange with the RTS Link at Woodlands North.

The governments have also decided that Prasarana and SMRT will jointly operate the RTS Link for the first concession period, which would cover the first 30 years of operation. The project's original goal was to have the link operational by 2018.

As a result of the deal, three plots of former Malayan Railway land and three additional plots in Bukit Timah were exchanged for four land parcels in Marina South and two parcels in Ophir-Rochor, with M+S set up as a joint venture to develop the new plots. "The companies have committed to incorporate the JV by 30 June 2018, and to sign the concession agreement by 30 September 2018". Subsequent concessions will be awarded through open tender.

"When completed, the RTS link will improve connectivity, deepen people-to-people ties and stimulate economic growth in Singapore and Johor". Heavy maintenance will be outsourced to TEL operator SMRT Trains, and carried out at the line's Mandai depot, although a light maintenance depot will be constructed at Bukit Chagar.

To benefit from economies of scale, the RTS Link is to utilise the same rolling stock, signalling, communication and control technologies as the Thomson-East Coast Line which is now under construction in Singapore and will have its northern terminus at Woodlands North. The agreement was signed by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, who represented Malaysia, and Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan, on behalf of Singapore.

"This is the second cross-border rail agreement that the two countries have signed in two years, which is testament to the excellent cooperation between Malaysia and Singapore", Prime Ministers Najib Razak and Lee Hsien Loong said in a joint statement.

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